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Mavs have the second game of a back-to-back tonight and they should have plenty of energy leftover since they only really played one quarter of basketball yesterday vs. Washington.

Art Garcia reports some somewhat surprising NBDL news. Mensah-Bonsu will be sent to Fort Worth when team gets back on Wednesday - no shock there. But I didn't expect this.

The coach added that first-round pick Maurice Ager is likely headed to the NBDL affiliate later this month.
Rookie guard Jose Barea will stay with the Mavs for the foreseeable future. Johnson said the Puerto Rican playmaker is a valuable practice body.
Ager should thrive in the NBDL - a league with little defense and offenses geared to individual scorers. Unfortunately, he needs to learn how to play without scoring. Hopefully Moncrief forces that upon him.


Dirk and Stack aren't too disappointed about the streak ending.
"The streak is great, but that doesn't mean anything in November or December," Dirk Nowitzki said. "You want to get as many wins as you can, but the good thing about this league is we've got a game tomorrow. Hopefully, we'll start a new one."

That sentiment was echoed by his teammates. Though disappointed, the Mavs were hardly distraught by the first loss in 13 games.

"It's over," Jerry Stackhouse said. "All good things must come to an end. Time to start building another one."

Stackhouse on being booed last night.
The Mavericks guard was greeted with a smattering of boos every time he touched the ball Monday.

"I don't know," Stackhouse said. "They've got to be the most. ...

"I don't even think they know why they're booing me. I don't play here any more, so I guess that's what they do."

short Nets game preview by David Moore


There were plenty of quotes from Wizards players before last nights game about how beating Dallas could make a statement, and they played like it. There are similar things coming out of New Jersey as well.
If it's a test the Nets are looking for, they're going to get one.

"We have the best team in the league coming in -- they're as deep and as balanced as it gets," coach Lawrence Frank said yesterday. "It'll be a great challenge and opportunity for us."
This will be theme throughout the season -- particularly for the midlevel teams such as New Jersey and Washington. Dallas has to be careful all season when they play teams who aren't in their league but are talented enough that they can beat anyone on their night.